Christelle Du Plessis

Educational Psychologist
Bryanston, Morningside & Sandton
BA(Ed) RAU, BEd Educational Psychology, MEd Educational Psychology
Mobile Number: 084 712 0428
Address:
68 West Street, ( near Bryanston) Morningside, Sandton, South Africa

My name is Christelle du Plessis and I am an Educational Psychologist in private practice. I  also have a degree in teaching and my experience and knowledge gives me much insight into the needs and challenges of a children, adolescents and their parents. I am well equipped to help parents, children and families with challenges they might experience on their journey through life.

I believe that all people need a helping hand at some stage in their life. I also believe that people have the inner strength and resilience to overcome life's difficulties with the support and guidance of someone who understands their needs.

My services include:

1. Young children

Assessments: School readiness and age appropriate functioning

Services: I assist:

  • with children not flourishing at nursery/preschool. I even do school visits where needed;
  • when parents are concerned about possible developmental delays or concentration difficulties;
  • with school readiness assessments; guiding parents on how to best prepare their child for his/her formal school career;
  • regarding best school placement;
  • with positive discipline and do parental guidance on parenting- and communication issues.
  • with play therapy, addressing issues such as night terrors, aggression, acting out, traumatic experiences, expression of feelings and frustrations, divorce, death in the family or a beloved pet; helping children to learn new ways of thinking, decision making and behaving.

2. Primary School Children

I assess, diagnose and derive an intervention plan where children are not coping with scholastic challenges.

Assessments: intellectual (strengths and weaknesses), academic (reading, writing, spelling, maths), emotional; full psychoeducational assessments.

Services: I assist:

  • Academically: academic strengths and weaknesses, underachievement, unmotivated, learning difficulties (reading, writing, spelling, maths, slow work speed, copying off the board), concentration and focus, unmotivated children. I also guide parents on best school placement and liaise with teachers as and when necessary;
  • Emotionally: anxious children, fear of tests and exams, poor self esteem, lack of confidence, adjustment, depression, aggression, traumatic experiences, expression of feelings and frustrations, divorce, death in the family or a beloved pet; helping children to learn new ways of thinking, decision making and behaving; resilience;
  • Behavioural: school refusal, bed-wetting, bullying, self mutilation, theft, lying, aggression/frustration, acting out, withdrawal, difficulties with authority, ADD.
  • Life Skills: Not getting on with friends/peers, getting into fights, not being able to take care of himself, choosing friends, decision making, guidance on age appropriate sex education, understanding how and why life work in a certain way.
  • with positive discipline and do parental guidance on parenting- and communication issues to improve parent-child relationships.

I investigate problems derive an intervention plan and support children and parents to deal with and where possible overcome difficulties; helping to unlocking children's’ potential.

3. High School

I assess, diagnose and derive an intervention plan where adolescents are not coping with academic challenges and/or with life in general.

Assessments: intellectual (strengths and weaknesses), academic (reading, writing, spelling, maths), emotional; full psychoeducational assessments; subject and career choice, test/examination concessions.

Services: I assist:

  • Academically: academic strengths and weaknesses, underachievement, unmotivated, learning difficulties, concentration and focus, study skills, best school placement, subject and career choices;
  • Emotionally: parent-child relationship, self concept, anxiety, fear of tests/exams, poor self esteem, lack of confidence, depression, aggression, self mutilation, traumatic experiences, adjustment, frustrations, anger, divorce, death in the family or a beloved pet; helping children to learn new ways of thinking, decision making and behaving; resilience;
  • Behavioural: truancy, bullying, self mutilation, theft, lying, aggression/frustration, acting out, withdrawal, difficulties with authority, ADD;.
  • Life skills: setting goals and how to achieve it; helping teens to learn new ways of thinking, decision making and behaving; interpersonal relationships; peer pressure, purposeful life, sexual guidance.

I use a variety of therapeutic modalities to meet my clients’ needs and to address issues effectively either in individual therapy or in family therapy. My aims are to empower, facilitate healing and to help unlock potential.

I work in both English and Afrikaans

 

HPCSA: PS 0081825
PR: 086 003 0116645